Wednesday, August 12, 2009

America: Returning to the Right

The best use of the internet is simply locating information. That comes with the often ignored caveat which requires one to vet the information they find. An example of a simple search anyone might perform is relevant information on an author. The initial author name will remain undisclosed. It is sufficient for purposes of this post that an author unfamiliar to this reader was selected. The reason for such an inquiry might be ‘who is this person and why should I care about what they have to say’?

The author’s name was entered in the search engine. The search was intended to provide a list of books or other works to indicate the author’s marketability. That may suggest whether anyone else finds the author or the work worthwhile. To this point the data provided several book publishings in the last few years. One book was selected and an Amazon search was used. This lead to the Amazon bestseller list or rankings. The book selected from the author list had a modest ranking at best which caused a review of the ranking list for comparisons and of course the top of the list is what figures prominently when one views this list at Amazon.

So now the search entered a subsequent inquiry as the original question had been answered satisfactorily. It was remembered that on the last visit to this location the attraction was the performance of Mark R Levin’s book Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. The book had made a splash due to its astonishing rise at least for this venue. (Amazon). It was noted today that the book has a current rank at Amazon of #19. After browsing the list it was noticed that Michelle Malkin’s just released book, ‘The Culture of Corruption’ is currently number three on the list. Disappointingly, a book on French cooking is currently number one. Well, it’s summer. Sad that a second book on French cooking was on the list as well. The saving grace is the inclusion of one about Julia Child.

But better news was Glenn Beck’s book, ‘Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine’ currently resides at number four. You can see where this is going. An initial inquiry to learn about an author unknown to this reader. Noticing the relative rank of books on public affairs or more specifically written by conservatives. Remembering reports on polls that America is once again coming to its senses and shifting to the right. So how about a post on this topic looking at what America is reading based on some bestseller lists?

So browsing the NYT bestseller list could not be avoided.

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance

1. CULTURE OF CORRUPTION, by Michelle Malkin
2. LIBERTY AND TYRANNY, by Mark R. Levin
3. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. CATASTROPHE, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
5. UNMASKED, by Ian Halperin

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance


That’s right. The list just above indicates the top five but only number one is presented. No sense cluttering up the post with entries requiring more inquiry. If it really nags at you, go check the lists on your own. The point is the two conservative books topping the hardcover, non-fiction list above and also promoted on this blog for no fee and not by request suggest America is shifting to the right once again. Apparently the desire to try something new and vote for hope and change is not working out so well.

It is interesting to note that while Levin’s book is now #19 at Amazon it is holding at number two on the list above. This suggests that not everyone buys their books at Amazon.

Stanford Matthews

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